I’ve noticed that when I tell people I’ve published a book, they don’t always realize that it was picked up by a publishing house. Should I call publishing something else?
Maybe I should say that I sold a book. However, this might sound like I only sold one copy or that I sold a copy of someone else’s book. What if I said that I got a book contract? I like this one because it implies that two parties are involved, and it sounds more official.
Or I guess I could simply say that I wrote a book. That’s what it is, after all, whether I joined forces with a large publishing house or uploaded a self-published manuscript online.
But I feel that there’s still a dividing line between being published by a publishing house and being self-published. Traditional publishing seems to add an extra layer of validation to an author and a book even though a self-published work can be as good as a professionally-published one.
I’m curious to see how perceptions of self-publishing and traditional publishing change or blur in the future. But for the here and now, when you finish a piece of writing and share it with the world, what do you call it? Please share your thoughts in the comments!